These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In New York


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You might think that the whole hippie movement has faded away, but the truth is, there are plenty of hippies out there in New York.

While they aren’t necessarily in your face all the time with war protests and the next Woodstock isn’t being planned any time soon, we thought it would be fun to look at which cities in the Empire State where the most hippies would live.

And, after crunching the data, you know what? It was pretty spot on, we have to say.

How do you decide where the most hippies live? By the number of yoga studios, organic markets, and most importantly, where the liberals live in droves.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where hippies might live in New York, and then put out a list.

So, put on your tie dye shirt and your sandals as you go through this list with us. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list of the 10 best cities for hippies in New York:

  1. Irvington (Photos)
  2. Pelham Manor (Photos)
  3. Bronxville (Photos)
  4. Larchmont (Photos)
  5. Pelham (Photos)
  6. Hastings-On-Hudson (Photos)
  7. North Hills (Photos)
  8. Williamsville (Photos)
  9. Colonie (Photos)
  10. Williston Park (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places in New York.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in New York?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in New York, we had to determine what criteria defines a hippie.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Google Places API, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and Voter Registration data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of yoga studios per capita
  • Number of organic markets per capita
  • Number of pet adoption centers per capita
  • Number of vegan restaurants per capita
  • Number of thrift stores per capita
  • Each city’s liberal voting population

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a ~4.5 mile radius of a city’s center. The average city in America is about 18 square miles.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 169 in each category, where 1 was the most hippie.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a hippie index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest hippie index the “Best City for Hippies In New York.” We’re lookin’ at you, Irvington.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in hippie central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from hippiest to most square.

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1. Irvington

Irvington, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,506
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.92
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.69
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.84
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.69

2. Pelham Manor

Pelham Manor, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,539
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.44
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.81
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.44
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.61

3. Bronxville

Bronxville, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,378
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.76
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.72
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.25
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.61

4. Larchmont

Larchmont, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,952
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.7
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.68
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.35

5. Pelham

Pelham, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,984
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.58
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.43
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.15

6. Hastings-On-Hudson


Population: 7,905
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.16
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.28
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.64

7. North Hills

North Hills, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,122
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 6.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.76
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.12

8. Williamsville

Williamsville, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,286
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.46
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.7
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.51
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.51
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.16

9. Colonie

Colonie, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,869
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.41
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.89
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.89
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.91

10. Williston Park

Williston Park, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,319
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.6

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in New York where there are lots of liberals, and there are many options for vegan food, yoga and thrift stores, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the most square places in New York:

  1. Johnstown
  2. Rome
  3. Middletown

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In New York

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Irvington 1 6,506 4.92
Pelham Manor 2 5,539 4.33
Bronxville 3 6,378 3.76
Larchmont 4 5,952 3.7
Pelham 5 6,984 2.58
Hastings-On-Hudson 6 7,905 3.16
North Hills 7 5,122 6.64
Williamsville 8 5,286 2.46
Colonie 9 7,869 2.41
Williston Park 10 7,319 3.14
Sea Cliff 11 5,012 4.19
Great Neck Plaza 12 6,823 4.98
Dobbs Ferry 13 11,001 2.18
Lawrence 14 6,511 2.76
East Hills 15 7,025 2.7
Malverne 16 8,544 2.93
Kings Point 17 5,076 4.73
New Hyde Park 18 9,764 2.66
Nyack 19 6,857 2.63
Manorhaven 20 6,638 3.46
Cedarhurst 21 6,631 2.56
Solvay 22 6,514 1.54
East Rockaway 23 9,861 2.33
Rensselaer 24 9,476 1.16
Briarcliff Manor 25 7,783 1.67
Watervliet 26 10,250 1.46
Sleepy Hollow 27 10,002 1.6
Farmingdale 28 8,306 2.17
Wappingers Falls 29 5,377 1.12
Hudson 30 6,658 0.9
North Syracuse 31 6,659 1.2
Kenmore 32 15,334 1.43
Scotia 33 7,742 1.68
New Hempstead 34 5,240 2.29
Great Neck 35 10,052 3.48
Fairport 36 5,364 3.36
Pleasantville 37 7,090 1.27
Webster 38 5,528 0.54
Westbury 39 15,201 1.32
Rye Brook 40 9,456 1.37
Mount Kisco 41 11,016 1.36
Floral Park 42 16,190 1.67
Bayville 43 6,724 1.34
Scarsdale 44 17,471 1.6
Mineola 45 18,918 1.22
East Rochester 46 6,687 5.23
New Square 47 7,328 1.36
Chestnut Ridge 48 8,035 1.37
Northport 49 7,417 3.1
Mamaroneck 50 19,133 1.25
New Paltz 51 6,945 0.86
Lake Grove 52 11,235 1.34
Lynbrook 53 19,517 0.92
Beacon 54 14,437 1.18
Hudson Falls 55 7,266 0.83
Rockville Centre 56 24,128 1.12
Wesley Hills 57 5,779 0.69
Depew 58 15,262 0.52
Amityville 59 9,551 1.88
Cohoes 60 16,195 0.86
Airmont 61 8,770 2.17
Croton-On-Hudson 62 8,168 0.86
Lancaster 63 10,314 0.29
Massapequa Park 64 17,137 1.11
Rye 65 15,892 0.82
Kingston 66 23,707 0.55
Babylon 67 12,177 1.15
Lackawanna 68 18,037 0.33
Hamburg 69 9,482 0.42
Patchogue 70 12,045 1.58
Goshen 71 5,417 0.55
Harrison 72 27,822 0.86
Warwick 73 6,783 0.74
Ballston Spa 74 5,298 0.57
Monroe 75 8,493 0.94
Saranac Lake 76 6,055 0.33
Horseheads 77 6,593 0.15
Valley Stream 78 37,764 0.61
Mechanicville 79 5,207 0.38
Port Jefferson 80 7,789 1.93
Glens Falls 81 14,574 0.41
East Aurora 82 6,255 0.64
Ithaca 83 30,399 0.56
Hempstead 84 54,801 0.57
Baldwinsville 85 7,655 0.65
Freeport 86 43,168 0.76
Port Chester 87 29,275 0.44
Mount Vernon 88 67,962 0.25
West Haverstraw 89 10,308 0.87
Plattsburgh 90 19,840 0.25
Haverstraw 91 12,060 1.0
Newburgh 92 28,614 0.56
Suffern 93 10,864 1.2
Lindenhurst 94 27,303 0.77
Poughkeepsie 95 30,716 0.36
Monticello 96 6,780 0.15
White Plains 97 57,505 0.43
Waterloo 98 5,178 0.0
Herkimer 99 7,752 0.13
Endicott 100 13,216 0.76

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